Island Hammock Pet Hospital®
and Boarding Villa
Serving the Upper Keys; Key Largo, Islamorada, Tavernier and Ocean Reef
Island Hammock Pet Hospital®
and Boarding Villa

Living with Crocodiles in the Keys

TIPS FROM FLORIDA FISH & WILDLIFE ON KEEPING YOU PET SAFE AROUND CROCODILES

  1. Do not allow pets to swim, exercise, or drink in water that may contain crocodiles as they closely resemble natural prey items of crocodiles. 
  2. Always keep pets at a safe distance from the water. 
  3. Use fencing or other barriers to separate your pets and family from crocodiles. 
  4. Leave crocodiles alone. State and federal law prohibits killing, harassing or possessing crocodiles. 
  5. When observing or photographing crocodiles, always keep a safe distance from them. 
  6. Never feed crocodiles – it is illegal. When fed, crocodiles may become used to people and may be more likely to become a nuisance. Inform others that feeding crocodiles is illegal and can create problems for people recreating in or near the water. 
  7. Dispose of fish scraps only in designated waste containers. Discarding scraps in the water may attract crocodiles. 
  8. Feeding other aquatic wildlife such as ducks, fish and turtles also can attract crocodiles by attracting potential prey animals.

Picture and content courtesy of FWC

Click here to download a copy of A guide to Living with Crocodiles, published by The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (MyFWC.com).